And the winner is … Krisanthi Pappas. A few weeks ago the jazz and pop vocalist based in Boston sent us this year’s very first Christmas CD. Yes, it’s nearly 90 degrees here in Silver Spring, Md., and I would guess that it’s not much cooler up there in Boston, so Pappas gets incredible style and chutzpah points for thinking ahead. Way ahead.
As a connoisseur of Xmas music, I admire the young woman’s pluck, but more importantly I like the record, titled You and Me by the Christmas Tree (Music Box). Accompanying an acoustic jazz trio on most of the cuts, Pappas has a soft, dusky voice not unlike Norah Jones’ or Diana Krall’s. There’s a little scat singing on “Winter Wonderland” but in general the performance is one of subtle restraint and beauty.